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Overwhelmed.

I’m feeling crazy busy these days.  A tad too busy, but when it’s all quilting all the time that’s keeping you that way, how can you complain??

A quick little class sample for an Improv. class that I’ll be teaching at Common Threads Studio in Pasadena.

Class Sample

And why am I currently so obsessed with the color combo of gray and raspberry?? I can’t get enough!

Class Sample detail

Ok back to the sewing machine I go!

A finished Dots & Critters Baby Quilt!

So busy these days that this is my first finish of 2010. A cute and simple baby quilt for some friends who are expecting but don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl. Their first baby got this quilt, so the idea was that the quilts are different but still sort of match.

Dots & Critters Baby Quilt

I had a great time drawing attention to all of the little critters with the quilting.

Dots & Critters Baby Quilt close up

Dots & Critters Baby Quilt close up

The back:

Dots & Critters Baby Quilt back

Dots & Critters Baby Quilt back close up

It’s so much fun to put together baby quilts quickly. I might have to do that a couple more times before I tackle another bed quilt.

My last quilt of 2009

This will be the last quilt that I finish in 2009. How do I know? I have zero going right now. I’ll need to remedy that soon. Been too busy with the holidays to get anything started recently.

Meanwhile, the quilt!

Solid Squares

It was my Christmas present for my father. All Kona solids this time around and I tried to go for colors he would like. Somehow I didn’t think loads of solid white with bright fabrics involving polka dots and/or birds (kinda sums up a lot of the my stash…) was gonna fly for my father. And there’s actually no white in this – the light color is a light grey – Ash.

Another shot of it.

Solids 2

This is the first time I’ve ever put a border on a quilt. I’ll be honest. I didn’t initially picture it with one but I just could. not. make. one. more. block. I love the results of all solids, but they don’t make for exciting piecing. But I do really like the border in the end. And my father loved the quilt!

I did a very simple pieced back:

Solids Back

Can you believe that it’s almost 2010?!?

Rectangles & Gray.

Wish I had a more exciting name for this quilt (edit: I’ve named it April Retangles!) because I’m so happy with how it came out.

Gray Rectangles Lap Quilt

I improv. pieced wonky rectangular blocks like I did with the Lantern Bloom quilt, using the gray to unify all the blocks. It’s a lap quilt, measuring 48″ x 59″.

Gray Rectangles Detail

I love this quilt. I really really do.

I used some gray Kei dots on the very simple back.

Grey Rectangles Back

And the binding is a stripe from Red Letter Day. I think it works really well.

Gray Rectangles binding detail

Lantern Bloom quilt is finished!

Here it is in all its super colorful glory.  I should note that the dark color is a chocolate brown, not black as it looks in the photos.

Lantern Bloom Quilt

This quilt is a commission and the Lantern Bloom fabric was requested.   This flickr photo, along with the colors in the fabrics inspired the quilt.

It’s such a uniquely pretty fabric collection that I didn’t think it could be mixed with other lines so I turned to solids. Purple & bright yellow aren’t my usual comfort zone, but I’m glad the fabric pushed me to stretch.   I think it’s “me” in it’s improv. wonkiness yet it doesn’t look like all of my other quilts.  No white!

Here it is on a queen sized bed – so you can see how big it is!

Lantern Bloom Quilt on Bed

I quilted it by stitching right next to the ditch. You can see the quilting on the back and I like how the rectangles overlap all the piecing on the back.

Lantern Bloom Quilt Back

I found it a lot harder to stitch in the ditch than to stipple a quilt this big. Straight lines are “easier” than free motion, but when you stipple you can organize how you move through your quilt in a way that’s much more manageable for me.  But I did it! I’m definitely stippling my next quilt. It’s been too long!

Fallish

Here in LA, we hardly feel fall show up.  But the past few days have been so so wonderful. Sunny and cool (for LA) and it’s put me in a fall mood!  After making the huge hexagon quilt I wanted to make a quick and fun little project so I put together this little stroller quilt.  It’s small – 24″ x 36″.

Stroller Quilt

It’s actually a sample for a new class that I’m going to be teaching Pasadena at The Common Thread Studio.  It’s another beginners quilting class that will happen in November.

Stroller Quilt close up

And now – back to work on the commissioned quilt!  Should be able to show you the beginnings of things later this week!

The finished hexagon quilt! Finally!!

I went back and looked, and the first photo I have of the beginnings of this quilt is from July 24th.  And today is September 28th.  Two months it took me to make this quilt.  For me, that is a long time.  Now it would be one thing if I’d done a ton of sewing otherwise, but I kinda haven’t.  The odd quilting bee block here or there, but otherwise?  Not much sewing!  Lesson I’ve learned?  Don’t start a huge quilt when you’re going to be working a lot.  Tackle smaller quilts and that way it’s easier to get a project finished and feel that needed sense of accomplishment!

But anyhow – the quilt!

Big Hexes Quilt

It’s 80″ by 88″ – a full sized quilt, but it’s on a queen sized bed in the above photo. 

Some details…

The pebble quilting, which I’ll never do on a quilt this big again (it took SO long!) really works on this simple pattern. I love it. Especially after the wash and crinkle…

Big Hexes - Quilting Detail

Love how the deer pop since I’ve otherwise used smaller scale prints.

Big Hexes - Deer detail

I used the Wonderland polka dots for the binding.

Big Hexes - Binding detail

The back – sorry for a kinda dark photo. The brown reads darker in this photo than it actually is.

Big Hexes - Back

It’s actually more like this:

Big Hexes - Back Quilting Detail

I love this quilt.  I do. But it was a huge project to get it all finished.  No more hexagons or pebble quilting for me for a long time. Improv piecing and stippling, here I come!

It’s for sale in my shop.

Gratuitous

Now normally I don’t just post kitties shots, but we had a particularly good photo shoot yesterday…

Cats2

Cats

And because this is a quilting blog after all… Another little coin quilt in the sun.

Orange & Green Coin Quilt

I’m starting a new job today. That means my obsessive quilting will slow down. Some!

Monday morning.

My coffee is brewing so I’m taking the time to show you my latest finished quilt. The red & aqua is all done!

Red & Aqua Quilt

It’s much like my usual quilts – lots of white and wonky log cabins and as a result, I love it!

Red & Aqua Quilt - detail

One of my usual pieced backs:

Red & Aqua Quilt - back

I used some of the precious Paint by Number birds fabric. It’s too beautiful to hoard! It needs to be put in quilts.

Red & Aqua Quilt - Detail2

It’s 40″ x 50″ and for sale in my shop!

Hexagon quilt is finished!

All done!

Hexagon Baby Quilt

It measures 40″ x 40″ – perfect for a baby quilt.

Hexagon Baby Quilt

I used the 4.5″ template from here. After sewing together the columns of hexagons, I off set them so that the color hexagons would be surrounded in white half hexagons.

Then, being inspired by this and this, I gave “pebble” quilting a shot. I’m super happy with the results!

Hexagon Baby Quilt - Quilting Detail

I think that it works well on a really simple quilt pattern, like this one, but would overwhelm a quilt top that is more involved. I do love it though and I’m certain to do it more on other quilts that I think it’ll work on.

Hexagon Baby Quilt - quilting detail

Boy does it use a lot of thread… 11 bobbins for this little baby quilt!

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